The Best American Crime Reporting 2008
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Thieves, liars, killers, and conspirators—it's a criminal world out there, and someone has got to write about it. An eclectic collection of the year's best reportage, The Best American Crime Reporting 2008 brings together the murderers and the masterminds, the mysteries and missteps that make for brilliant stories, told by the aces of the true-crime genre. This latest addition to the highly acclaimed series features guest editor Jonathan Kellerman, bestselling author of more than twenty crime novels, most recently Compulsion and the forthcoming Bones.
contact,’” Silverstein fired back. “I request placement in general population.” He took his appeal to the regional office, then to headquarters, where it was swiftly denied. “You are serving three consecutive life terms plus 45 years for bank robbery and murder, including the murder of Bureau of Prisons staff,” an administrator noted. “You are a member of a disruptive group and an escape risk. Your heinous criminal and institutional behavior warrant a highly individualized and restrictive
specific fantasy. The recruitment of the victim might involve a ruse or a con. The perpetrator maintains control throughout the offense. He takes his time with the victim, carefully enacting his fantasies. He is adaptable and mobile. He almost never leaves a weapon behind. He meticulously conceals the body. Douglas and Ressler, in their respective books, call that kind of crime “organized.” In a “disorganized” crime, the victim isn’t chosen logically. She’s seemingly picked at random and
prepared for it.” “I was speechless,” Crittendon recalls. “I was just moved, for once. I’d never heard a statement of caring about the victim’s survivors from a death-row inmate.” After a slight pause, he told Morales, “I will make sure I keep you informed as this develops.” At least, that’s how Crittendon related the event in conversations with me. But the execution team’s log shows that Crittendon never made a 10 P.M. visit, and that Morales didn’t learn of the delay until just after
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, or C.D.C.R., announced that it would build a new lethal-injection chamber at San Quentin, and that it would overhaul staff training and tweak the chemical mixture to address Judge Fogel’s concerns.) After Crittendon told his staff, he went to the visiting room, where Morales was meeting with three of his lawyers. Crittendon approached their Plexiglas booth, turned to face Morales, and said, “I have been instructed to inform you that the warden is
Ixtacihuatl and Popocatepetl volcanoes. On November 1st, the Day of the Dead, Firmin, the former British consul, finds that his estranged wife, Yvonne, has come back to town. Paralyzed by his alcoholism, he drifts from cantina to cantina, considering ways to reclaim her, but he never acts. By nightfall, Firmin is dead in a ditch, shot by Mexican paramilitaries. “Volcano” fuses modernist and romantic sensibilities: the story is told from shifting points of view, and Firmin’s daylong odyssey is